A Hot Night For a Whale & Ocean – S04E23

Amanda Putz Introducing Said The Whale
Another back to back entry which wasn’t planned because the Sci-Fi Spectacular and George Takei from Friday night was unexpected. Originally, I planned the Said The Ocean and Hey Ocean! concert as my returning blog entry from my so-called April hiatus. All I can say that I totally enjoyed Said The Whale and Hey Ocean! concert at Zaphod Beeblebrox as part of BC Scene. It’s my third time to see Said The Whale live and the first time to see Hey Ocean!. The crowd was red hot for both bands but it was fully packed for Hey Ocean! Said The Whale also had a good amount of crowd as well. The more I keep seeing Said The Whale, the more they keep turning up a notch for their performances. As you see on the photo, Amanda Putz was introducing to Said The Whale. The funny thing when I encountered her was that her CBC Radio 3 sweater (I think) was drenched because earlier tonight, it was raining. I stayed indoors the whole time. I was lucky to avoid the rain. I did not get to take a lot of photos for Hey Ocean! because the crowd was packed like crazy and tried to take some good shots. Overall, it was an excellent show and the Ottawa crowd loves British Columbia music bands.
Photos from the concert is at this link, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157617341504906/.

Sunday Talk
I still like “Zero” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Finally, Brian Leung played the song on his Go West radio show on RTHK Radio 2. During his show (spoken in Cantonese), he mentioned the passing of Bea Arthur, who played Dorothy Zbornak, in The Golden Girls. I am still fond of the show because I grew up watching this sitcom and mentioned on his chatroom that the show was the Sex and the City at that time.
To round out my exciting week, I had a lion dance performance. It was at a church in Gatineau, QC. It was great to see the lion dance buddies but it was pretty chilly outside and I thought it would be warm for Sunday.
That was my Sunday.

Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees on Monday Night – S04E19

Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees at Zaphod Beeblebrox
Monday night was a jam packed night at Zaphod Beeblebrox. There were 3 bands and the headliner being Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees, which totals to four. Plus, it was a free Monday live show, so it was good to check it out at no cost minus the drinks cause I don’t drink. The three other that performed were The Gentlemen Husbands (from Cobourg, ON), The Sound Technicians (from Ottawa) and from the Netherlands, Venus Flytrap.
Onto Ruby Jean and the Thoughtful Bees, it’s my second time to check out Rebekah Higgs live but this time, she’s with this group and the style of music is electro/techno and trip-hop. All I can say that she still looks lovely and most likely one of the hottest Canadian indie female singers around. The group gave an exciting and stunning performance as Rebekah, I mean Ruby Jean kept coming down to the crowd to keep them dancing. I almost fell when she rolled to the floor and getting caught from the microphone cord. I could say that this would be one of my favorite for this year for now. The surprise I got was the group performing a cover song to Heart’s Barracuda. Another surprise I get from Zaphods is that the show went past the 11pm curfew since it was on a Monday and not much is exciting on a Monday night.
Here’s the link to the photos, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157614997728997/
Enjoy!

Went to The Josh Reichmann Oracle Band Concert – S04E18

Glenn Nuotio at Zaphod Beeblebrox on March 6, 2009.
Last night (Friday), I went to Zaphod Beeblebrox for the Josh Reichmann Oracle Band concert. The two openers were New Teeth and Glenn Nuotio. I did not get to take photos during the headlining band because my brother used the camera throughout the whole time. The photo displayed is during Glenn Nuotio’s performance.
Overall, the 3 performances were excellent. The first band was pumped up because there was more of a female following. Glenn’s performance was mellower and then Josh Reichmann Oracle Band lit up their performance.

New Jacket
Before going to Zaphod’s, I decided to go to Roots in the Byward Market and shop for a new jacket. Thankfully, I got a $100 Roots gift card and what a good way to have a change in fashion come Spring. I went for this track jacket called Liard Track Jacket (link won’t be up for long, it will be temporary). What I didn’t know was that the jacket got the smell of Lush soaps. I couldn’t believe that Lush, next door to Roots can have a strong odor spread over to them. I hope I can I take photos of my new look soon. As you see from the previous entry that I have been wearing my green jacket for over a year. It’s nice to have a change.
Last thing, I didn’t know we have to change our clocks one hour ahead. Well, I am happy as usual because I like to follow Hong Kong time since it’s similar but at different timezones.

Checked Out 4 Local Bands on Monday Night – S04E16

The Polytones at Zaphod Beeblebrox on Feb. 23, 2009
It’s been awhile that I have been going to concerts in Ottawa. The bus strike that plagued Ottawa caused me to miss concerts at Zaphod Beeblebrox. Last night was basically the 2nd concert of 2009 to attend. The last concert was at the Black Sheep Inn in January. This is probably the ‘first’ concert to attend in Ottawa for 2009. This event was for a CBC Radio 2 taping for the audition night. It was four bands from Ottawa picked from the owner of Zaphod’s, which will be taped for Canada Live on Radio 2. I think only one of the bands who performed the best will be broadcast. The bands that performed were Sunjet Record Band, That’s The Spirit, Urban Aesthetics and The Polytones (pictured above). All four bands were amazing.
I was so happy to see Amanda Putz because she hasn’t been hosting any radio shows since the end of 2008. She is still around in Ottawa but only as a Producer for Radio 2’s Canada Live. She was happy to see me as well and gave a nice hug. What I missed out was that Amanda mentioned that the ‘enigmatic’ Grant Lawrence was in Ottawa and I totally missed out seeing him. As usual, Alan Neal was there and it was a Polkaroo moment as I still haven’t got a chance to chat with him. At least I said hi and bye to him. I still need to talk to him about comics.
In a way, Monday’s concert felt like an extension to my birthday event. Almost a 3 day event of celebrating my bday. Unofficially, the concert was a way to cap off my fun few days.
Even though I put up 10 photos, here’s the link, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157614387630680/.
Last thing, I really hope Zaphod Beeblebrox wins CBC Radio 3‘s Searchlight Best Live Music Club in Canada. I won’t give the link as I write this blog because the voting closes on Tuesday. I hope Zaphod’s win and really hope to see Grant Lawrence make the trek to Ottawa and then possibly make fun of me in person this time. He tends to makes fun of me on air and on Radio 3’s website.

Young Rival with The Balconies and The Bicycles on Thursday – S04E04


I can’t believe I did not create a good title for this entry. I want to write that I went to the Young Rival with The Balconies (of Ottawa) and The Bicycles on Thursday night at Zaphod Beeblebrox. I gotta say that all three bands were great. The Balconies had full of energy to start off as the opening act. Plus, it was also Jacquie Neville’s (the lead singer and guitarist) birthday. The Bicycles had a musical style simliar to The Beach Boys or The Monkeys which had a fun Pop feel. Even though they had a short set due to time, it was still enjoyable. Last but not least, Young Rival were totally rocking the house at Zaphod’s. It’s another week where another band still rememebring me from the previous gig. It was my second time to see Young Rival while it was the first time my bro got to see them live. Here’s the photo from above with all of the members of Young Rival. Also in that photo, you will see me with new glasses and no more browning from my glasses as I don’t have Transitions. I know it’s a very minor detail.
Unfortunately, I did not take any photos for the concert on Thursday night.

Oh yeah, a funny story before going to Zaphod’s, I was at Chapters and I somehow saw Liberal MP and former Ontario Premier (NDP), Bob Rae. There wasn’t a mob mentality or anyone approaching him thanking him for being elected.

What are my plans for this weekend? I don’t have a clue whatsoever. I got this exam testing for Saturday all day. I hope I can pass it.
Seeya!

A Fun and Exciting First Saturday of May – S3E19


It has been an exciting Saturday to kick off May because I had a lion dance performance outside Parliament Hill. The performance was a rally planned by the university Chinese/International students associations in support of the Beijing Olympics. Photos from the event are on my Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenny-wu/sets/72157604867054339/ At night, I went to the Rebekah Higgs (pictured on top) concert at Zaphod Beeblebrox. Even though her concert ended right at 11pm, it was a fantastic to say the least. The turnout was not as packed when I went to other gigs. Overall, she delivered a good concert.
What a way to kick off May. It started on Thursday, May 1st at The Bay in Rideau Centre for a lion dance performance to promote their Summer clothing and apparel for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Festival season in Ottawa has kicked off with the Canadian Tulip Festival. Our lion dance will be performing this Saturday (May 10). I don’t know if Major’s Hill Park is free to get in during The Canadian Tulip Festival.
I got my tickets for the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest. I can’t wait to see Feist again and check out the Canadian indie artists again too.

On Sunday afternoon, I was listening Brian Leung’s program (in Cantonese) and I was so happy to hear Stay (Faraway, So Close!) by U2 and All Good Things (Come to an End) by Nelly Furtado. Stay is considered one of my favorite U2 songs. As for All Good Things (Comes to an End), it feels so 2007 and I haven’t heard it for awhile.
Phew, that’s all I have to cover for now.